Leading-edge electronica artist Mystified has released a second solo collection on Webbed Hand. These dark ambient soundscapes are collectively known as "Elemental Ragtime."
Deep Listening indeed, these tracks are constructed solidly within the Musique Concrete style, deriving as source material vintage tape samples and fragments from other old audio sources.
Thomas Park, the sole proprietor of Mystified, brings into his work equal doses of illbient, minimal, industrial, ambient, experimental, and a handful of other esoteric styles, and to good effect. This is excellent headphones-in-the-dark music, but you might feel equally comfortable taking it for a drive through city and country.
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September 6, 2005 Subject:
Eigentlich gibt es an Elemental Ragtime nichts auszusetzen, außer der Tatsache, daß die Lieder zu kurz sind. In diesem Punkt kann ich meinen Vorrednern nur beipflichten. Das hat Mystified diesmal den fünften Stern gekostet, obwohl die Lieder ansich alle gut sind.
Reviewer:World Atlas -
January 17, 2005 Subject:
should be a three day weekend rather than a day trip
I agree mostly with what DeVico said. There are a lot of interesting sounds here but they do not feel fully developed. Id rather see a few fully realized sound-scapes (although Im not sure about that 20 min. mark, how about 12?) than many shorter sound snapshots. Still makes for some very interesting listening.
September 10, 2004 Subject:
hypnotic and a quiet event for the heart
Starting off with the "Red eye chorus" Mystified evolves within liquid digital sounds. Eno to Randy Grief to Boyd Rice, Mystified shows a mastering of looping sounds that become hypnotic. "Magnetic Tide" gives a wonderful taste and a point of an arguement that I feel needs to be said. The only issue with this album is that each piece is to short. I could easily see him pulling these works into 20 minute sculptures and pretty much, that is what I want from this artist. When you are roaming the net and various archives of mp3's, it is rare to find one who just teases you with what magic they could evolve into. Overall, a great album. What must be addressed, Mystified should take the next step and leave us walking within his wonderful world of surreal sounds.